Since the dawn of time (well, not that long ago actually, but it feels like that) Volkswagen has produced a large amount and variety of practical, frugal vehicles: Austere cars, wagons and trucks that are more focused on bringing solutions to your daily commute and transport needs, than offering ‘fireworks’, flashiness and prettiness.
I am not saying that VW’s vehicles are not attractive or well–designed, what I mean is that the company has built its name on bringing to life vehicles whose priority is to be well crafted and built, with traits such as a remarkable fuel economy and ‘easy’ to find auto parts and accessories.
Well, while this seems to still be the German automakers’ philosophy, they have created a new, attractive, seductive player that is sure to turn heads in the streets.
With great value, and a benefit-cost ratio that is very rarely seen, this pretty boy has to offer way more than just class and good looks. Let’s meet the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.
An artistic and sensitive bad boy…
Digging here and there, I found out that the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon gets its name from the Latin term ‘artem’ -which means art, and was chosen because of the design process that took part to bring this ‘sensitive bad-boy’ to life.
And art it embraces. Its curvy, sleek body, its attractive and modern, a feast for the eyes, Fibonacci style.
Its front grill and lights seem to be watching directly into your soul, daring you to get behind the wheel and just let yourself go.
… With its heart in the right place and so much to offer
The Arteon offers us three different trims available: SE, SEL and SEL Premium.
No matter which one you choose, under the hood you’ll get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, that achieves 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
This engine has been mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The first trim has FWD, while the second and third are equipped with VW’s 4Motion AWD system.
This may be a German prince, but he works hard for the money: Bells and whistles away, this engine offers us 22 miles per gallon on the streets and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
Talking about its equipment, the base SE trim has automatic wipers, three-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated front seats, a rear view camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, VW’s Car-Net smartphone app integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio, just to name a few of this trim’s traits.
The second trim, the SEL trim, adds amenities such as leather upholstery, a sunroof, navigation system, remote ignition, adaptive cruise control, interior ambient lighting and much more.
Last, but not least, in the last trim, the SEL Premium brings us 19-inch wheels, automatic high beams, ventilated front seats, driver-seat massage functions, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a premium audio system, lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera system, and an additional plethora of aestetic, functions and safety features.
Behind the wheel
Driving the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon feels like controlling a strong, trustworthy machine, that will give you what you need and more, mainly while on the highway.
It feels a little heavy, but nothing that you can not come to be accustomed.
And when it comes to its interior and utilty, its german, practical roots come to sight once again: This is a well-thinked, impeccable designed car, with a lot of room for its occupants, driver and cargo.
Volkswagen has a new player on the luxury car business. One that might be pretty, but does not limit itself to just looks. This is a practical, trustworthy car that combines its traits with gorgeous and practical design. A bold, complete, new rival in the upscale segment.